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An Anti-Suffrage Alphabet book

Laurence Housman1911

Museum of London

Museum of London

An Anti-Suffrage Alphabet by Laurence Housman, edited by Leonora Tyson the organiser of Lambeth/Southwark WSPU. The book was produced specifically for the Christmas market and was advertised in Votes for Women on 15 December 1911. Each edition was printed by hand to order by Leonora Tyson. Orders were placed directly to her at her home address in Streatham. The cost of the book was 10s 6d.

'An Anti-Suffrage Alphabet' was designed by Laurence Housman and edited by Leonora Tyson, the organiser of the Lambeth/Southwark Women's Social and Political Union. The verses, documenting disenfranchised women's unfair subordination, lampooned opponents of women's suffrage. The book includes stencilled illustrations in the suffragette colours of purple and green by a number of female artists including Alice B. Woodward, Pamela C. Smith and Ada P. Ridley.

The book was produced to raise funds for the suffragette campaign. Advertised in 'Votes for Women' on 15 December 1911, it was marketed as a suitable gift for suffragette supporters. Leonora received book orders at her home address in Streatham, where she printed each edition by hand.

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